Central Region- Program Overview
Post adoption services in the Commonwealth of Virginia have been split up into 5 regions; CHS is operating in the Northern and Central regions.
Areas served in the Central Region include: Amelia, Buckingham, Caroline, Charles City, Chesterfield, Cumberland, Essex, Fluvanna, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell, King & Queen, King William, Lancaster, Lunenburg, Middlesex, New Kent, Northumberland, Nottoway, Petersburg, Powhatan, Prince Edward, Richmond City, Richmond County, and Westmoreland
No matter how long ago you adopted, we are here to help with FREE post adoption services and supports. If you are interested in learning more about our Post Adoption Program, please call us at 804-301-4430 or click here to complete a referral form to have one of our regional staff get in touch!
Please note: For heritage information and reunification services please visit our Search and Reunion page.
OUR POST ADOPTION PROGRAM
Basic services are general services available to you after an adoption is finalized. You may use basic services to get more information or answers to common questions.
Basic services are foundational services that all families are likely to need at some point in their adoption. They include 1) information/referral; 2) education, training, support, and advocacy for adoptive parents and youth, staff, and the larger community; and 3) Level I case management.
When to seek basic services:
- You are curious about available service options for your family
- You are not sure how to access or pay for other services
- You are looking for an adoption-related training or educational opportunity for your extended family
- You are looking for educational materials about adoption to share with others
- You are looking for information on adoption tax credits
- You are interested in learning about educational grants or scholarships available to youth adopted from foster care
- You want guidance on how to discuss your child’s IEP (Individualized Education Plan) with their school
Enhanced services are services that not all families will need but are known to be important for adoption stability. They include 1) peer support, 2) assistance with birth family contact, 3) clinical services, 4) planned respite, and 5) Level II case management.
You may use enhanced services for non-urgent problems. Enhanced services are designed to be available for you when think you might have a specific need, or you want to explore more hands-on service options for your family.
When to seek enhanced services:
- You are looking for a peer support group and a way to meet other adoptive parents
- You think your child might benefit from visiting a mental health professional
- Your child is asking you questions about their birth family that you do not know how to answer
Intensive services are services needed by relatively few families, but they are critically important to preserving adoptive families. Intensive services include 1) crisis support and 2) emergency respite.
You may use intensive services for emergency situations. Intensive services are available to you when or your child are in immediate need of support.
When to seek intensive services:
- You are concerned about your own well-being or that of your child
- You are unable to care for your child temporarily, either due to challenging behaviors or health problems
Regional Consortium Post Adoption Services: Post Adoption Program Manager at CHSVA
Sara VanderPloeg, LCSW, RCPAS Co-Chair